Journalist Stuart Appleby interviews Frenchman and world number six Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ahead of his opening 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals match against Novak Djokovic tonight (Monday 5th November) in London.
The 27-year-old, who reached the 2008 Australian Open Final, certainly enjoys playing in English conditions. This summer Tsonga made the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the second successive year and won an Olympic silver medal in doubles at the All England Club.
Perhaps, though, it is Tsonga’s 2011 O2 performance which carries with it the most significance going into the season-ending finale.
Last year the big-server took Roger Federer to three sets in the final, and on another day, the coveted trophy could well have been in Tsonga’s hands at the end of the match rather than the Swiss’s.
Tsonga’s performance that day once again underlined his credentials on an indoor court, but he refused to be drawn on whether his O2 performance last year could help him this time round.
“Every year is different, I don’t know how it will be this year, but I will take pleasure being in the tournament,” he said.
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